I'm stealing your copyright rights and claiming them as my own, the MPAA and RIAA do this all the time. (Look at all the times they claim to own the rights and actually don't, or over represent their rights.)This is the only way copyright theft can happen.
I was not arguing for or against their actual guilt. I believe they have done no wrong. I was trying to comment upon the refusal of so many against them of letting due process be followed. It seems simple that just allowing both sides the benefits of the process would allow an unshakable ruling to be made. The only reason to deny due process is that you have something to hide and wish to just get it over with.
It is even due process to allow seizures before trial, but even those rules have been cast aside because the authorities have already decided the guilt of the accused and are seemingly just looking for a way to make their fiction a truth.
I still have to wonder why due process is not being followed. Even if they are guilty, (not under the laws of the locality they operate under might I add) cases are normally thrown out if due process is violated as this invalidates court hearings. Lets look at an example in a criminal trial, if a perpetrator of a crime has his rights violated, is it not the case that they are most often released due to technicalities of failure to follow due process? I just want to see justice served and that means everyone follow the rules so that if they are convicted it was because they have been found to have violated the law and were treated within the confines of their rights. I would think anyone who wants to speak out against piracy and infringement would want the cases air tight and strictly following due process so that they can hold those cases up as clear cut examples of what happens when you break the law.
There were many failed attempts to do what Jobs did, he just had ability to make it successful. If his design was above reproach why had it changed and/or been improved? I still feel there is so much more that can come out of the platform that in 10 years we will see what Jobs did as a great step forward but still a primitive attempt to make a great tablet/phone. The one thing you can be sure of with technology, it will progress and be based on the ideas that came before it.
Gestures existed in many different areas before of linux for example
On screen keyboards existed before in key access machines for example
Orientation changing existed before see the gateway tablet/laptop
Android / iOS are completely different under the hood for the programming
An app store existed before see steam for a game app store that existed before
The basic shape and form of the tablet was predicted in the film 2001 (look for the scene where the guy is having a video chat while eating using a tablet)
Many of the features of tablets were predicted by the Knight Ridder company in 1994
So much of what is being claimed here as innovation was really just seeing what was coming and being the first to incorporate all of the different things into a single device. Is it forward thinking, good business sense, and even raising the bar for the whole industry, yes. Is it innovative, new, or even novel, I don't think so. I hate to bring out a trite quote from Star Trek but "in every revolution there is one man with a vision." He may have been the visionary to combine it first, but it was only a matter of time until someone made the obvious combination of technologies. Does this make Jobs special, no, he was just first.